LOCKPORT – Kelvin J. Williams, a repeat felon who pleaded guilty to selling cocaine and possessing illegal guns in separate cases, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.
Williams, 31, of Memorial Parkway, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Farkas imposed the minimum sentences on both counts but made them run consecutively. She could have sent Williams away for as long as 23 years.
Williams’ drug deal occurred Feb. 6 in the Falls. On Dec. 16, he had been arrested after he and two other men fled in a car Williams was driving following a State Parks Police chase on a traffic infraction in the Falls. Police found two handguns in the auto.
Defense attorney Robert Viola asked for the sentences on the two cases to be served simultaneously, but Farkas replied, “I would seriously consider that if he had not already served a state prison sentence for drugs. He didn’t learn.”